Mould allergy can cause the same signs and symptoms that occur in other types of upper respiratory allergies.
Mould lives in moist conditions. Mould releases tiny, lightweight spores which may be inhaled or eaten in foods such as bread, cheese, mushrooms vinegar, soy sauce, canned juices, sausages, dried fruits etc.
If you are exposed to air-borne mould spores or eat food containing mould a specific antibody (called IgE) reactions may occur and symptoms may occur.
Standard Medical (Diagnostic) Approach:
History and examination of the patient.
To identify Allergies, testing can be completed by:
“Skin Prick Testing”. where small, fixed amounts of suspected allergens and/or their extracts are tested on the skin and their reactions measured and evaluated.
Blood in which the concentration of specific IgE antibodies is measured and evaluated.
Standard Management & Treatment Approach:
To alleviate symptoms and reduce mould reactions avoidance or removal of mould is advised.
With the proliferation of mould spores in the everyday environment total reduction is often difficult. Foods containing mould can be avoided.
In many cases drugs such as antihistamines cortisone like substances may be prescribed.
Immunotherapy and sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) are management options. The therapies involve giving increasingly larger dose of the mould (either orally or by injection) over a period of some months. When the ideal dose is reached you may need to maintain the dosage for a number of years. The aim is to “desensitize” you to the mould protein.
Integrative Holistic Medical Approach
The Integrative Holistic Medical approach to allergies also takes into consideration additional factors such as the person’s other medical conditions, total nutrition, gut health, the environment and any other possible underlying causes.
Where the Standard Medical Approach does not assist or is not wanted, the Holistic medical approach can include, Low Dose Immunotherapy to diagnose and treat the patient’s allergies.
Low Dose Immunotherapy has a wide variety of applications in relation to foods, inhalants, and various other substances.
Professional assessment and management is required at each step in the Low Dose Immunotherapy diagnosis and treatment planning process.
What does a US environmental allergist think about Low Dose Immunotherapy?
Dr Rapp served as Clinical Assistant Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics at the State University of New York at Buffalo until January 1996. She practiced traditional allergy medicine for 18 years.
After learning about environmental medicine in 1975, Dr Rapp began to incorporate the principles of environmental medicine into her paediatric allergy practice.
Dr Rapp talks about her experiences using Low Dose Immunotherapy with patients who have mould allergies. Click on the video below.
This type of diagnosis and treatment is available at YourHealth Brighton, Victoria, Australia.